We all need a little bit more family time in our lives. We live in a hectic culture that promotes working hard and spending as little time as possible actually relaxing at home with the people who matter most. Of course, we’re all a little guilty of taking our loved ones for granted from time to time. When you live with your family and see them 24/7, it’s easy to find yourself not spending as much time with them as you’d like. Do you all sit down and talk or do fun activities together as often as you’d like? If the answer is “no” then it’s time to make a change. Here are some fun ideas for spending time with your family that should have you bonding in no time at all.

Go on a fun day out.

The best way to really bond as a family and spend some quality time together is to go for a fun day out. Obviously, it’s nice to relax in the house after a long week, but you should venture outside for an adventure from time to time too. You should go out and have some fun with the family this weekend. And that doesn’t have to entail going out for an expensive meal at a restaurant if you’re worried that you wouldn’t be able to afford that on a regular basis. There are lots of fun ways to spend time together without spending a thing. You could go to your local park, for example. Bring a soccer ball or a frisbee with you and the family could be having fun together in no time at all.

You could even head out into your local town or city and see what free things there are to do there. You could head to the zoo because that’s the perfect day out for a family; children and adults alike love seeing animals of all kinds. Plus, it’s a great way to make memories together – it’s the kind of day out that you won’t forget. Museums are another fantastically and totally free way to spend time with your loved ones; you and your kids could see some exhibits based on your interests. If your little ones love dinosaurs then you could take them to a natural history museum, for example. There are so many ways to have a fun day out without spending a ridiculous amount of money.

Find a show that you can watch together.

Who said that TV was dead? With the birth of Netflix and Amazon Video, the medium may have changed but people still love binge-watching their favorite shows just as much as they always have. Given that you and your young ones have this in common, you should utilize this opportunity by finding a show that you can all watch together. It’s hard to find ways for you all to gather in one room and have fun when you most likely have such differing interests, but you could change that by finding something to watch that would make each of you excited to spend time together and catch up on the latest episodes of your new favorite show.

You should check out this supernatural anime if you want to watch a show that has something for both older and younger members of the family. Again, it’s not so much what you watch but who you watch it with. Don’t spend hours fighting over the TV series or film that you want to watch together. Find something fun through whatever medium you want to use and sit down together so that you can laugh, cry, or gasp together. There’s no better way to bond than to watch something together that really stirs your emotions, whatever the type of emotions that you want to stir may be.

Bake something together as a family.

A final suggestion for a fun way to spend time with your family is to bake together. One of the best ways to get together in one room and have a laugh is to try your hand at baking different recipes. You might not be very good, but that doesn’t matter; whether you burn one cake or ten, the point is that you’ll all be joining in and working as a team to create something. Plus, you’ll be having fun along the way, and that’s the most important thing of all. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll successfully make a delicious treat at the end of it all.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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